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Eugene Goddard Talks to Eric Miyeni About Writing The Release in the Netherlands

The ReleaseBusiness Day‘s Eugene Goddard interviewed Eric Miyeni on how he wrote his latest book, The Release, which is his first dip into writing fiction. Miyeni revealed that it took a trip to the Netherlands and five weeks without interruptions to get the book to the point where he was nearly satisfied with it.

Like the flawed protagonist in the first paragraph of The Release (Umuzi), his first foray into fiction, Eric Miyeni appears to be “cool and tranquil”, a fine-threaded courter of controversy, taking a breather between showdowns. If this was the Wild West, you would expect clicking spurs through swinging saloon doors. For the moment, though, Miyeni’s not in the cross hairs.

It has been a while since he’s shot his mouth off, getting fired for fomenting editor-bashing or crossing the radio talk-show line. For the moment, there’s no puff of smoke he can blow off the tip of his pen. Dressed as he is and quick on the uptake, he could easily pass for our own Tom Wolfe — a nattily dressed man of letters. There are more parallels to be drawn, though, between Miyeni and his antihero, Jeremy Hlungwani. Both are victims of a kind. Both are railing against feeling repressed. Blowing off steam and flipping their lids is just a matter of time. In Miyeni’s case, it happens more frequently, but is less severe. In Hlungwani’s case, it’s fatal — there’s no turning back, baby!

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